Monthly Archives: April 2022

News from the Nest ~ April 30

Good afternoon,

Things are VERY BUSY at Monsignor Haller and that is awesome!  A huge THANK YOU to the staff who take on so many extras for our students (ie. Athletics, excursions, extra-curricular clubs and activities, choir, eco initiatives, etc.).  Providing these many opportunities can only happen with a great deal of behind the scenes work and we are so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful community, filled with people willing to give their time.

Catholic Education Week ~ This week we will focus on the theme of “Restore, Rebuild, Renew Together” as we celebrate the gift of Catholic Education.  We have many books to read and many wonderful tasks to complete that will allow us all to demonstrate the “why” and the “how” Catholic Education is important to us all.

50th Anniversary Celebrations ~ This week we will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of our school community. All staff and students are attending Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church on Tuesday followed by a slideshow of memories. Guests are welcome to join us for our 1:00 pm start.

First Communion and Confirmation ~ This is a reminder that our grade 2 students and grade 7 students will be receiving the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation respectively next Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Church. What a beautiful celebration of their continued journey in faith.

Umbrellas Project Skills ~ We have been focusing on Cognitive Flexibility for the last month and as we head into May, we will be focused on developing the skill of Optimism!  Visit to learn more about Optimism and how it can help us every day to work with a sense of optimism!

Internet Safety ~ On Monday, May 9th, we are very excited to welcome Paul Davis, to speak with our grade 4-8 students about responsible use of technology and social media. Families are invited to attend a virtual parent presentation Thursday, May 12th beginning at 6:30 pm to also receive these very important messages to keep our students safe. Please review previous communications on our school website for details to pre-register for this parent event.

 Track and Field ~ Our school track and field meet is on Thursday, May 12h for all students in Grades 4-8.  We will be traveling to Resurrection Catholic Secondary School via bus that day and we will be back in time for regular dismissal.  Please make sure your child brings a towel to sit on, lots of water and protection from the sun – hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.  Also, please make sure that they dress appropriately for running, jumping and throwing.  Each student will be involved in several events that day.  It is very difficult to provide times as to when specific events will be held.  If we do not finish all of our events, we will complete them back at the school at a later date.  Ribbons will be given for the 1st place – 5th place students at each level in each event.  If you have any questions or you would like to volunteer on this day, please contact your child’s teacher.

Upcoming / Important Dates:

May 2-6 ~ Catholic Education Week & Mental Health Awareness Week

May 3 ~ 50th Anniversary Mass and Slideshow – Blessed Sacrament Parish 1:00 pm

May 6 ~ Play Day (PM)

May 7 ~ First Communion; Confirmation – Blessed Sacrament Parish

May 9 ~ Paul Davis ~ Internet and Cyber Safety presentation (Gr. 4-8)

May 11 ~ Gr. 8 Grad and SK photos (Lifetouch)

May 12 ~ Track and Field Meet; Paul Davis Virtual Parent Presentation

May 13 ~ Intermediate Co-ed Soccer Tournament

May 19 ~ KW Glee

May 23 ~ Victoria Day / No School

June 3 ~ PA Day / No School

June 27 ~ Term 2 Report Cards Send Home

June 29 ~ Last Day of School

Please visit our school calendar for school events.

As always, thank you for your continued support and cooperation.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the main office.

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Introduction to Catholic Education Week

On this weekend before Catholic Education Week across Ontario, our #WCDSBAwesome Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., reminds us that God makes “all things new” again as he reflects on the theme for #CEW2022 and invites us to Rebuild, Restore and Renew Together!


Watch video here:
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Save the Date ~ Social Media Safety Presentation for Families

The WCDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be hosting guest speaker Paul Davis to present on Social Media Safety on May 12th at 6:30 pm. This will be a virtual event for families.

Paul is a well known speaker that has presented at multiple schools, corporations and law enforcement organizations in four provinces and five states on topics of Online Safety, Social Media and Cyber Security. He is the author of the book Online Safety for Grade 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Please know Paul will be speaking to Monsignor Haller students (Gr. 4-8) on Monday, May 9th. Initially we had planned for a parent presentation at 6 pm on May 9th. This has been rescheduled for the May 12th presentation at 6:30 pm instead.

For more information about Paul please see attached flyer.   PAUL DAVIS BIO OCT 2021

If interested, please register for this virtual event using the REGISTRATION LINK  before May 5th, 2022.

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First Communion and Confirmation Update from Father Larry

Happy Easter!

We are soon approaching the celebration of your children’s Sacraments of Initiation, Our Parish is fully open with no capacity restrictions at this time. I can imagine we are all aware that we are effectively in a 6th wave of the pandemic. With that in mind capacity limits could change.

As I write this today, I ask that on the day of your child’s celebration the child and the immediate family (10 people) fill pews starting from the front center to the back of the church. These seats will be marked reserved. Please have the child seated along the center isle and in the case of Confirmation have the sponsor sitting beside them. Any overflow guests can sit in areas found beyond the reserved seating and will be first come first seated.

Blessed Sacrament Parish will follow any Region of Waterloo pandemic protocols should they change over the next 2 months.

May you continue to be blessed as we look forward to celebrating your child’s Sacraments.


Father Lawrence Parent, Pastor
FP/ Keri Smith


By |2022-04-19T08:26:10-04:00April 19th, 2022|News|Comments Off on First Communion and Confirmation Update from Father Larry

Daily Screening / H&S Reminders ~ COVID-19

As the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to rise (once again), it is very important that we all do our part to ensure one another’s personal health and safety. Families and staff are reminded to continue completing a self-assessment each day prior to attending school / work and follow the prompts provided. Since isolation guidelines evolve regularly, reading fully the subsequent direction for siblings and others in the family is essential.

When you complete the provincial screener and enter that your child has a symptom of COVID-19, it will give you an “X” , and then will provide next steps.

Currently, two of those next steps from the province that parents/guardians might be missing are listed below:

1) If your isolation period is 5 days, from days 6 to 10:(for the child who has COVID-19 symptoms), you are directed to:

  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including school and child care)
  • avoid activities where you need to take off your mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or removing your mask for sports)

2) Guidance for household members for 10 days after their last exposure to the person with COVID-19 symptoms: if someone else in your household has COVID-19 symptoms, you are directed to:

  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including school and child care)
  • avoid activities where they need to take off their mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or removing their mask for sports).

Although not required, masking is encouraged.

Please know that we have additional rapid antigen tests available for families who have used up your previous allotment. If you are in need of additional tests, please email and we will send a kit home with your child(ren).

Thank you for your continued care and diligence in effort to keep everyone safe!

Proud of our Haller Hawk community!

By |2022-04-13T17:19:02-04:00April 13th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Daily Screening / H&S Reminders ~ COVID-19

Summer Fun with Languages

Summer Fun with Languages is a FREE International and Indigenous Languages Elementary (IILE) Program that creates a camp-like atmosphere using music, stories, crafts, indoor and outdoor games and other interactive, hands-on activities and technology resources. Summer Fun with Languages 2022 will be in-person.
Any elementary student in Waterloo Region, JK to Grade 8, may enrol
Dates: July 4 – 29, 2022 (Mon – Fri)
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Locations: Resurrection (Chinese) and St. Louis-St. Francis Campus (other Languages)

Registration is now OPEN!  Register online:

Flyer attached:  IIL Summer Languages flyer 2022.pdf

Registration closes: May 31, 2022

For more information call St. Louis at 519.745.1201 or email:

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HeadStart Program for Grade 8 students ~ do not delay in registering if interested

HeadStart is an in-person preparatory program which provides students with those preliminary tools to be academically successful at the beginning of the school year.  The program is infused with literacy and numeracy activities and the all-important social adjustment factor.

What students will learn:

  • What is the 2022 -2023 school year likely going to look like for high school students?
  • What does a blend of in-class, online and remote learning look like in a high school setting
  • How to manage a semester system for both in-person and remote learning
  • Follow your timetable, find your classes and meet your new peers who will join you – ahead of time
  • Navigate around other parts of the school and how to access people resources
  • Feel a part of a new school community before the first day of school

HeadStart 2022 will be held in-person.

Any Grade 8 student currently registered in a WCDSB Catholic Secondary School may enrol. HeadStart is a voluntary summer program, and a separate registration for HeadStart is required.
Dates: August 22-25, 2022 (Mon – Thurs) – 4 -half days
Times: 8:30am to 11:30am OR 12:00pm-3:00pm
Location: St. Benedict CSS, Monsignor Doyle CSS, Resurrection CSS, St. Mary’s HS*, St. David CSS*

*location is subject to change due to summer facility upgrades. If necessary, alternate locations will be confirmed in summer.

Register Online: Now Open at

Program flyer attached HeadStart flyer 2022.pdf

Registration closes: June 29, 2022 (or while space is available)

For more information call St. Louis at 519.745.1201 or email:

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